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CRD introduces revised Crop Definitions List

What is the Crop Definition List?

This provides consistent terminology for the uses given in Plant Protection Product (PPP) authorisations and databases. It also further describes the specific crops and situations covered by each term.

What is changing?

Compared to the previous Crop Hierarchy, the Crop Definitions List provides links with the relevant edible crop/commodity codes as listed in Annex I of Regulation 396/2005 [The Maximum Residue Levels (MRL) Regulation]. As a result some crop descriptors and definitions have changed.

The most recent version of the MRL commodity list (Annex I to Regulation 396/2005) was published as Regulation 752/2014 and enters into force on 1st January 2015. This Regulation expands on the commodity list in previous versions of Annex I and identifies various very minor crops to which a particular MRL commodity code (for a more widely grown crop) applies.

Where the risk assessment allows, the crop definitions have been expanded to include these very minor crops.

Who will this affect?

Changes to the crop definitions have the potential to impact on a small number of growers. Consultation with grower organisations has however not identified any growers who would be adversely affected by this change.

When does this apply?

The new Crop Definitions List applies with effect from 1 January 2015 and replaces The Crop Hierarchy version 4.


For further information on the registration of plant protection products, or any other regulatory issues, please contact JSC on +44 (0)1423 520245,

Published 2nd October 2014
Categories Agrochemicals, News
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